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A twist on a classic Spanish sauce for pasta dishes This take on romesco, a Spanish sauce made with roasted red peppers and finely chopped nuts, is ultra-smooth and creamy thanks to the plant-based roasted red pepper cashew dip. “Don’t add...
Using butternut squash in macaroni and cheese reduces calories without sacrificing flavor or comfort.
Veggie “meatballs” are one of the healthiest food trends today! They are savory little balls of beans, veggies, and whole grains baked into golden perfection and served with a flavorful sauce. Plant-based dishes like this can be the star...
Iced tea is a popular drink in the United States, and is becoming more popular in other countries, though it will probably never reach the level of consumption by Americans. Surveys have shown that around 2.2 billion gallons of...
Warm apple cider is the perfect winter comfort drink. This special version combines two potent spices, ginger and turmeric for a unique flavor and nutrition profile. Fresh ginger, for example, contains a pungent substance called gingerol while turmeric gets...
Frozen fruit—harvested ripe and frozen quickly—is packed with vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. No wonder diets rich in fruits (fresh, canned, frozen or dried) can help protect against chronic diseases. This easy smoothie bowl is filled with frozen berries, and...
Dress up your Thanksgiving table with this exotic – but easy to make – dish. The nutty flavored red rice is a fiber-rich whole grain, meaning it can lower risk for colorectal cancer. The rice also plays well with...

Watermelon Snowball

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This cocktail is good for parties and holiday get togethers. Watermelon Snowball 1 scoop chilled watermelon1/4 cup shredded coconut1 1/2 ounces chilled watermelon puree*3/4 ounces chilled creme de cacao Dredge scoop of watermelon in coconut flakes. The scoop size should...
Add some festive fun to your dinner party with this easy to make watermelon snowman.   Materials 1 round seedless watermelon 2 personal sized watermelons Ice cream scoop or large spoon Melon baller Mini melon baller Paring and kitchen knives Large...
Enjoy the classic combination of spinach and ricotta in this delicate ravioli, filled with three types of organic cheese and real cream. To really allow the pasta to shine, it’s best served with a light sauce or, in this...